While I’m loving everything Japanese, I’ve also been trying the Konjac sponge. It’s a little difficult to explain what the Konjac actually is and does, but here goes. Ok, this facial sponge is made from a fibrous vegetable (roots, I believe) called Konjac which has a weak alkalising effect and overall cleansing ability, neutralizing any acids (grime or oil) when you use it on skin. First you need to soak the sponge, which arrives hard as rock, with water so that it softens up. Once you’ve done that, you can add any wash off cleanser to it, or if your skin is ultra-sensitive, use the sponge without cleanser.
The sponge feels incredibly soft on the skin and glides over the complexion. It seems to take water away with it, so even if your skin was wet in the first place, it feels dry once you’ve used the sponge. But, not just dry to the touch. It also feels lightly moisturised. Skin feels really clean and there is literally no abrasion at all; massaging the sponge over your face will help to increase the blood flow. I’m an instant convert to this method of cleansing. Mine came from Victoriahealth.com for £12.